EcoStack (Stacking of ecosystem services: mechanisms and interactions for optimal crop protection, pollination enhancement, and productivity) is a 5-year Research and Innovation Action, under the EU Horizon 2020 programme, started in September 2018, with a budget of 10 million EUR.
The overall goal of the project is to develop and support ecologically, economically and socially sustainable crop production via stacking of biodiversity service providers and bio-inspired tools. The consortium is coordinated by the University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy) and includes 24 partners with complementary expertise, covering all major pedoclimatic production zones and major agricultural production systems in Europe. From Finland the following organizations join the project: Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), University of Turku, Association of ProAgria Centres, Forestum Ltd and Aasatek Ltd.
EcoStack will use transdisciplinary research methods and will promote active participation of multi-actor groups across Europe to create and transfer new knowledge and co-design new cropping systems. It will use stakeholder-guided development of new agricultural concepts for generating economic and ecological benefits for farmers, biodiversity and society.
The EcoStack Kick-off Meeting took place in Portici (Naples), Italy, on October 2018. More than 50 participants met at the Royal Palace of Portici, where the Department of Agricultural Sciences -University of Naples “Federico II” is based, to discuss the development and delivery of the project. It was a highly successful start towards an exciting research experience.